Saints mourn the passing of David Armstrong


Southampton Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of its former player, David Armstrong, aged 67.

One of the finest midfielders ever to feature for the club, Armstrong made 272 appearances for Saints from 1981 to 1987, scoring 71 goals in that time.

He was a key part of the team that finished second in the First Division in the 1983/84 campaign, narrowly being pipped to the title by Liverpool, and it was testament to his influence that he was voted Player of the Season that year.

Durham-born Armstrong, who earned three England caps during his career, had joined Saints for a fee of £600,000 from Middlesbrough, where he had achieved legendary status, playing an incredible 431 times for the club.

He would become equally indispensable on the south coast, establishing himself as a firm fan favourite at The Dell, as he helped the club enjoy one of the greatest eras in its history.

After leaving Southampton, Armstrong concluded his playing career with a short spell at AFC Bournemouth, but he remained well connected to the club, including a spell working as a summariser on local radio for Saints games.

Everyone at Southampton wishes to extend their condolences to David’s loved ones, who our thoughts are very much with at this time.